Gladys Jane Beyer
Gladys Jane Beyer, 91, of Lewiston, MN, passed away peacefully on Sunday March 19, 2019, at Samaritan Bethany home in Rochester. She was the third child of five born to Arnold and Erna (Tews) Ellinghuysen on November 17, 1927, on a farm northeast of Lewiston. She attended Immanuel Lutheran School (Silo) rural Lewiston through eighth grade and attended Lewiston High School. Gladys married Wesley R. Beyer on September 7, 1946, at Silo, and they lived their entire married life near Utica. They owned and operated the Beyer Century Farm, which has been in the family for generations. Besides helping on the farm, she worked at Wien’s Super Value in Lewiston retiring at the age of 80. Gladys was a lifelong member of Silo, and her faith and family were of utmost importance. She was a loving matriarch, excellent homemaker and seamstress and very proficient in needle arts. Among the numerous quilts she made, many are cherished heirlooms. Gladys made homemade graham cracker pie during holidays until recent years. She was a member of the church ladies aide, 4-H leader, and active in the Winona County Pork Producers. Grandma Gladys loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and took great pride in their accomplishments. She was in the stands for decades at sporting events and livestock shows. Gladys was also a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan. Gladys will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by her six children, Richard (Sharon), Sharon (Bruce) Volkman, Roger (Jan), Wayne (Janet), Shelly Beyer, and Darin (Shawn Drury); 18 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and many other friends and relatives as well as brother-in-law Warren Matzke. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley, in 1988 and two brothers and their spouses and two sisters and one spouse. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday March 25, 2019, at Immanuel Lutheran Church – Silo with the Reverend William Meilner officiating. Visitation will be 2:30 – 5:30 p.m., Sunday at the church and one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran school at Silo. Hoff Funeral & Cremation Service – Lewiston is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share a memory of Gladys, sign her online guestbook and view her video tribute when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com.